Ilfracombe Church of England (VC) Junior School

Anti-Bullying & Positive Behaviour

Encouraging Positive Behaviour

This page has been created from information from a Pupil Voice meeting on 04/11/2013

What is Bullying?

A type of abuse done to any other human being; it is done repetitively and not just once!

It can be constantly picking on someone else, kicking and punching can cause physical hurt, verbal abuse may hurt more as unkind words may stick for longer – the old saying “sticks and stones may break my bones…”

It can be repeatedly causing someone else to feel sad so that the bully can have fun or get attention.

Examples of bullying could be:

Insulting others with unkind words; it could be about the way others look and if they are different – for example racist comments if people have got different coloured skin, different accents, simply talking about others can make children feel upset, particularly if there are private family issues being discussed.

Who is a Bully?

It might be someone who feels sad themselves and they are unkind in an attempt to try and make themselves feel better. Sometimes they might try to get others to join in, particularly if they can make them feel a bit scared. Sometimes bullying can be a result of feeling jealous of others.


Cyber-bullying is where bullying takes place over the internet or through hurtful messages and comments through texting – these comments can be disabled to stop people getting hurt. If this gets very bad it can drive some people to feeling they cannot take any more and may result in suicides – this is often talked about on the television.

  • What do we do about bullying at school?
  • Tell an adult
  • Walk away
  • Tell the person who is doing the bullying
  • Arrange a private meeting with your teacher so the bully doesn’t know
  • Put a note in the worry box with your name so the teacher can follow it up
  • Tell a friend who can tell the teacher
  • Telling someone else can make you feel better – a problem shared is a problem halved!

Peer Support

Sharing any worries with friends can result in everyone supporting each other and telling the bully not to behave in this way – standing up against the patterns of behaviour that are wrong may lead to change. People who may have bullied in the past can change the way they behave in the future – sometimes they may not be aware of what they are doing and how they are making others feel.

What can we do to make it better?

Create and display posters which promote positive behaviour and discourage bullying.

Arrange for the bully and the victim to meet together with an adult to talk about the problems and try to resolve them.

Group hugs can make everyone feel better!

Further information

Click on the link below to view our Positive Behaviour & Anti-Bullying Mind Map.

Positive Behaviour & Anti-Bullying Mind Map (PDF)


Behaviour Policy and Exclusion Guidance

You can download our Behaviour Policy and Exclusion Guide for Parents from our website which you will find in the General Policies and Docs menu option.